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English adjective: fly

1. fly (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked


Similaralert, watchful


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsunalert, unvigilant, unwatchful


English noun: fly

1. fly (animal) two-winged insects characterized by active flight


Broader (hypernym)dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects


Narrower (hyponym)bee fly, blow fly, blowfly, flesh fly, gadfly, glossina, Haematobia irritans, horn fly, house fly, housefly, Musca domestica, Sarcophaga carnaria, tachina fly, tsetse, tsetse fly, tzetze, tzetze fly


Part holonymalula, calypter


Member meronymDiptera, order Diptera

2. fly (artifact) flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent


Synonymsfly sheet, rainfly, tent flap, tent-fly


Broader (hypernym)flap


Part meronymfly tent

3. fly (artifact) an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or by buttons concealed under a fold of cloth


Synonymsfly front


Broader (hypernym)opening


Part meronymgarment

4. fly (act) (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air


Synonymsfly ball


Broader (hypernym)hit, hitting, striking


Narrower (hyponym)blast, flare, line drive, liner, pop fly, pop-fly, pop-up, Texas leaguer


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

5. fly (artifact) fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect


Broader (hypernym)fish lure, fisherman's lure


Narrower (hyponym)dry fly, streamer fly, wet fly


English verb: fly

1. fly (motion) travel through the air; be airborne


SamplesMan cannot fly.


ExamplesSome big birds fly in the tree, There fly some big birds in the tree


Synonymswing


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)buzz, flight, fly on, hover, rack, soar


Verb groupfly

2. fly (motion) move quickly or suddenly


SamplesHe flew about the place.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move

3. fly (motion) operate an airplane


SamplesThe pilot flew to Cuba.


Synonymsaviate, pilot


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)control, operate


Narrower (hyponym)balloon, flat-hat, fly blind, fly contact, glide, hang glide, hedgehop, hydroplane, jet, seaplane, soar, solo, test fly


Entailfly, wing


Verb groupfly, fly, fly


Domain categoryair, air travel, aircraft, aviation

4. fly (contact) transport by aeroplane


SamplesWe fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)carry, transport


Narrower (hyponym)airlift, lift


Verb groupaviate, fly, pilot

5. fly (motion) cause to fly or float


SamplesFly a kite.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)kite


Causebe adrift, blow, drift, float


Verb groupfly

6. fly (motion) be dispersed or disseminated


SamplesRumors and accusations are flying.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

7. fly (change) change quickly from one emotional state to another


SamplesFly into a rage.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)change

8. fly (motion) pass away rapidly


SamplesTime flies like an arrow.
Time fleeing beneath him.


Synonymsfell, vanish


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by


Verb groupfly, vanish, vaporize

9. fly (motion) travel in an airplane


SamplesShe is flying to Cincinnati tonight.
Are we driving or flying?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)travel


Narrower (hyponym)red-eye


Verb groupaviate, fly, pilot


Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

10. fly (perception) display in the air or cause to float


SamplesFly a kite.
All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N..


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)show


Verb groupfly

11. fly (motion) run away quickly


SamplesHe threw down his gun and fled.


Synonymsflee, take flight


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail


Narrower (hyponym)abscond, absquatulate, bolt, break, break loose, decamp, defect, desert, elope, escape, get away, go off, high-tail, make off, run off, run off, stampede

12. fly (motion) travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft


SamplesLindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic.


ExamplesThese men fly the river


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)journey, travel


Verb groupaviate, fly, fly, pilot, wing

13. fly (contact) hit a fly


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hit


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

14. fly (change) decrease rapidly and disappear


SamplesThe money vanished in las Vegas.
All my stock assets have vaporized.


Synonymsvanish, vaporize


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen


Verb groupfell, fly, vanish









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